Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

November 19, 2021 | Edition 46

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, visiting our website at, and following us on our social media channels, listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 


Celebrate the City of Irvine's 50th Anniversary

Save the Date

This year may be winding down, but our 50th anniversary festivities are still going strong. We hope you will join us at these upcoming events. 

50th Anniversary Symposium & Photo Exhibition

Join us Tuesday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., as we celebrate Irvine past and present with a 50th Anniversary Symposium and Photo Exhibition Reception at City Hall. We will look back on our City’s rich history with a special oral history video and symposium highlighting how Irvine became the model master-planned community it is today. In addition, the winning images in the City’s 50th Anniversary Photo Contest will be on display, and the 24 contest finalists and winners will be recognized at an opening reception.

Party at the Park

Party at the Park: Irvine's 50th Birthday
On Saturday, December 11, we are throwing a birthday party for the whole community. Bring your family and friends to Great Park from 2 to 7 p.m. for Party at the Park, a family-friendly evening with music and dancing, crafts and interactive activities, food trucks, and a few special surprises.


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Holidayz at the Park

Holidayz at the Park Returns to Great Park November 20

‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer at Great Park. Enjoy Holidayz at the Park from November 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022, when the park will be transformed into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed events, displays, and lights.

Holidayz at the Park features an outdoor light display, Air Santa (Santa's airplane at Great Park), and an oversized tree in the Palm Court; selfie and family photo stations at the Holidayz Pop-Up at the Artist Studios; Elf Adventures, where guests can find the mini homes of Santa's elves in training hidden throughout decor at the Palm Court Arts Complex; family activities including a Pajama Party Drive-In Movie; and much more.

Get in the holiday spirit and learn more at

Toy Drive

Support Marine Families & Donate to Holiday Toy Drive

Make the season brighter for Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion families by donating a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger. Donations will be accepted through December 13 at Irvine City Hall, Irvine Police Department, and the Great Park Visitors Center.

The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee will also be on-site at the Irvine Civic Center Parking Lot 4 next to the Bill Barber Park Stadium for two drive-thru drop-off donation events Sunday, December 5, 9 a.m.–noon and Saturday, December 11, 9 a.m.–noon.

Learn more at

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month: Rock Your Mocs!

November is Native American Heritage Month, and the City has been honoring native tribes of Orange County and Indigenous people worldwide all monthlong through calls-to-action and historical photos and stories.

This week marked Rock Your Mocs, a global social media event calling people to wear moccasins in celebration of tribal individuality. Historically, moccasins were the footwear of many Indigenous people of North America. They were often made of materials such as deer skin or other soft leather that protected the foot but allowed the wearer to feel the ground. 

Did you take part in Rock Your Mocs? Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #rockyourmocs, and visit our DEI Spotlight webpage to learn more. 

Inside Irvine

Winter Inside Irvine is Here

The winter 2021–22 issue of Inside Irvine is here!

Learn how the City is commemorating our 50th anniversary, view images taken by community members highlighting the best of Irvine in our Anniversary Photo Contest, and look ahead to the future with exciting initiatives in the works for 2021 and beyond.  

Plus, browse all programs, camps, and events available for kids and adults this winter in the Activity Guide. Learn more at

50th Anniversary

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Turtle Rock

We're inspired daily by the sights in our City, and we're not the first! The Turtle Rock neighborhood here in Irvine is one of five original villages that formed our City, and it's named for a distinctive rock formation that resembles a turtle sticking its head out of a shell.

The 20-ton rock was given its name by the Gabrielino Native Americans, who used it for ceremonial purposes. It has also been called Frog Rock and Lizard Rock by Irvine Ranch farmers and others.

You can still see this piece of Irvine history today! To view the rock, head over to the aptly named Rockview Street. You will find it between Valley View and Rocky Knoll. The rock is sacred to the Gabrielino Indians, so please admire it from a distance.

To learn more about Irvine history, join us at the 50th Anniversary Symposium and Photo Exhibition Reception December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Irvine City Hall. For more details, visit


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Nov. 23 | 2 p.m.

Great Park Board Meeting


Nov. 23 | 4 p.m.
City Council Meeting


Nov. 24 | 9 a.m.

Subdivision Committee

Nov. 24 | 1:30 p.m.
Zoning Administrator

View the City Calendar 

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